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items tagged with Michael Oberfield

Absolutely Fabulist: "Aesop's Dynamic Duo" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-05-03 00:00:00
Aesop’s Dynamic Duo – the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s new family musical – focuses on several of the renowned storyteller’s famous characters, and one of its first songs is entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Bret Churchill plays The Boy, and the actor, with his usual exuberance and vigor, begins the number with: “I’m the Boy Who Cried Wolf / I’m the one who frightened the town / I told them the story / And, boy, it was gory / I told them the wolf ate / the Smith’s Bassett hound.”
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Setting Sedaris Straight: My Verona Productions' "The Santaland Diaries"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-11-23 00:00:00
Adapted from David Sedaris’ famed audio presentation and subsequent short story, The Santaland Diaries – the latest endeavor from My Verona Productions, currently playing at Rock Island’s ComedySportz venue – is an acting triumph for its star, Adam Lewis. Playing an unmotivated 33-year-old who finds himself – to his abject shame – employed at Macy’s as one of Santa’s elves, Lewis is spectacular; as he enacts his character’s grueling ordeals in a one-man show that’s part monologue, part stand-up routine, and part performance-art piece, the actor is thrilling to watch, so brilliantly focused and ceaselessly inventive that he leaves you a bit in awe.
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Flying Solo: Adam Michael Lewis in "The Santaland Diaries"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-11-16 00:00:00
For many stage actors, the chance to perform a one-person show would be a dream come true. For Adam Michael Lewis, this dream has come true, but not, it turns out, for the first time. Or the second. Or even the third.
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Maintaining Balance on a Bumpy "Road": New Ground Theatre's "Scotland Road"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-09-21 00:00:00

(Warning: Though I’ve tried to be circumspect, details on Scotland Road’s mysteries may slip out. Proceed with caution.)

 

The psychological drama Scotland Road, the first production in New Ground Theatre’s 2005-6 season, is both entertaining and disheartening – entertaining because of the skill of director Michael Oberfield and his cast, disheartening because playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s work doesn’t quite seem to deserve their skill.


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CAST Delivers a "Beauty"-ful Season Closer: "Beauty & the Beast" at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-08-17 00:00:00
In the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s ingenious new production of Beauty & the Beast, the first things to catch your eye are a small bench located stage right and a large screen – it’s nearly half the length of the stage – hanging upstage. On that screen is a rear projection of a rose, and it has a haunting, rough-edged quality; it looks like something that French waif on the Les Miz poster should be holding.
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